Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Chief engineer of the Madras Railway. Edward Waller Stoney, fourth son of Thomas George Stoney, JP, of Arran Hill and Kyle Park, Co. Tipperary,(1) and younger brother FRANCIS GOOLD MORONEY STONEY  FRANCIS GOOLD MORONEY STONEY was born on 10 February 1844. Between 1860 and 1863 he studied engineering at Queen's College, Galway, where he was a scholar and Gold Medallist and obtained the Diploma of Civil Engineering. He then became a pupil of SAMUEL USSHER ROBERTS SAMUEL USSHER ROBERTS , by whom he was employed on arterial drainage works. From 1864 to 1866 he worked for various engineers in the preparation of plans and estimates for railway, water and drainage works in Ireland.

In June 1866 Stoney was appointed fourth-class engineer on the Madras Railway. He spent the rest of his career with the Madras Railway, eventually rising to the position of chief engineer. He had a prolonged leave of absence in England and Ireland in 1897. He retired in 1902.(2) Two years later he was decorated with the order of Companion of the Indian Empire. He was the author of The creep of rails on double lines of railway(Simla,1892), and contributed several papers on Indian railway matters to the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Stoney appears to have remained in India almost until the end of his life. He died in Bournemouth(3) on 4 October 1931. He was married twice: first, in 1875, to Sarah (d. 1923), second daughter of John Crawford, of Cartron Abbey, Co. Longford, and second, in 1925, to Rose Bruce, widow of Col. N. Thurston Swanston. By his first wife he had two sons and two daughters.

ICEI: elected foreign life member, 1868; various papers read between 1898 and 1918 (see BIBLIOGRAPHY BIBLIOGRAPHY ).
Inst.CE: elected member, 4 May 1875; awarded Telford Premium for 1890-91 for his paper, 'The new Cittravati bridge, Madras railway'.(4)

Addresses: Madras Railway, Madras, c/o Henry S. King & Co., 65 Cornhill, London, 1875; Chief Engineer's Office, Madras Railway, Madras, 1881; 54 Talbot Road, Bayswater, Lojdon, April 1897; Medina, Miltown Malbay, July 1897; Chief Engineer, Madras Railway, Royapuram, Madras, 1898; 15 Palmerston Park, Rathmines, October 1897; c/o Henry S. King & Co., 65 Cornhill, London, June-September 1904; 1 College Road, Numgumbaukam, Madras, October 1904; The Gables, Coonoor, Madras Presidency, 1908-1929 (also National & Provincial Bank, 66 Charing Cross, London, 1925, and Branksome Tower Hotel, Branksome Park, Bournemouth, 1929); Summerset, Buccleuch Road, Bournemouth, 1931


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Who was Who, 1929-1940, 1299, Burke's Irish Family Records (1976), 1063, ICEI lists of members and and from the records of the Institution of Civil Engineers, kindly supplied by the Archivist, Mrs Carol Morgan. .

(1) Thomas George Stoney's paternal grandfather, Thomas Stoney, of Arran Hill, Co. Tipperary, was a younger brother of Bindon Blood Stoney's great-grandfather George Stoney of Greyfort and Portland, Co. Tipperary.
(2) ICEI 43 (1916-17), 23.
(3) IB 73, 10 Oct 1931, ?.
(4) Min.Proc.Inst.CE 106 (1890-91, Pt. 4), 196; the paper was published in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 103 (1890-91, Pt. 1), 135-150.

Author Title Date Details
Stoney, Edward Waller 'Railway construction in India; with a description of the building of a large bridge' TICEI 27 (1897-98), 20
Stoney, Edward Waller 'Description of a machine to test the actual horizontal thrust of model arches' TICEI 43 (1916-17), 23
Stoney, Edward Waller 'Brick arch roofs' TICEI 43 (1916-17), 63
Stoney, Edward Waller 'Description of experiments made to shew the extra strength due to corner bond in masonry water tanks' TICEI 44 (1917-18), 104
Stoney, Edward Waller 'Description of a singular and interesting failure of a multiple brick arch railway bridge' TICEI 44 (1917-18), 107
Stoney, Edward Waller 'Experiments on the strength of thin brick arch ribs' TICEI 43 (1916-17), 30
Stoney, Edward Waller 'The new Chittravati Bridge' 1890 Min.Proc.Inst.CE 103 (1890-91, Pt. 1), 135-150.